Film director calls for support for Ministry of Culture

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 - Page 3

Film director Wang Hsiao-ti (王小棣) yesterday said the public should support the Ministry of Culture in the promotion of its policies.

Emerging from a forum held in Taipei to examine the ministry’s achievements since its establishment in May last year, Wang told journalists that culture concerns every citizen, and they have a responsibility to take action.

Mentioning the long delay in assembling the Public Television Service (PTS) board, Wang said the ministry and opposition parties should have been more vocal about the process to gain public confidence.

The PTS finally formed its new board of directors last month after two-and-a-half years of disputes over the selection of new board members.

Meanwhile, film and theater director Hung Hung (鴻鴻) called on the ministry to speed up the building of cultural infrastructure, such as a national film center, performing arts archive center and national photography museum.

Chen Ban (陳板), an advocate for the preservation of Hakka culture, also urged the ministry to allocate more funds for such projects, saying budgets have declined by half over the past five years.

In response, Lee Lien-chuan (李連權), director of the ministry’s Department of General Planning, said the ministry is hoping to work with the Ministry of Agriculture on community building projects and has also commissioned an association to study the establishment of a photography museum.